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  • Weekly Top 10: New Bass Gear, More On Harmonic Substitutions, “Marcus” Doc, Top Bass Videos and More

    Weekly Top 10: New Bass Gear, More On Harmonic Substitutions, “Marcus” Doc, Top Bass Videos and More

    This was a huge week for bassist birthdays: Donald “Duck” Dunn, Edgar Meyer, Bob Babbitt and John McVie. We also celebrated Thanksgiving here in the U.S., with some of our favorite videos. That, plus some new gear, Damian’s third and final installment on his Harmonic Substitutions series, news of a documentary on Marcus Miller and... »

  • Brice Introduces Defiant 53437 5-String Multi-Scale Bass

    Brice Introduces Defiant 53437 5-String Multi-Scale Bass

    Brice has introduced a new multi-scale version of their Defiant model. The 5-string Defiant 53437 stands out with a string scale that ranges from 37 inches on the B-string and 34 inches on the G-string with fanned frets to accommodate the adjustment. The Defiant’s design includes slim, dual cutaway mahogany body wings attached to a... »

  • Sharay Reed, MonoNeon, Federico Malaman, Joe Cleveland and Young Chuck: Bass Cypher

    Sharay Reed, MonoNeon, Federico Malaman, Joe Cleveland and Young Chuck: Bass Cypher

    Here’s a great video of a roundtable of bassists Sharay Reed, MonoNeon, Federico Malaman, Joe Cleveland and Young Chuck. The clip is a “cypher”, which the video explains is “anything cyclical. If you’re freestyling, you get down in a cypher (one after the other). Interrupting another man will break that cypher (unless he’s next in... »

  • Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet Releases “Side Up”, Featuring Felix Pastorius

    Jeff Coffin & the Mu’tet Releases “Side Up”, Featuring Felix Pastorius

    Former Béla Fleck and the Flecktones sax player and current Dave Matthews Band member Jeff Coffin has yet again joined with a group of musicians called The Mu’tet, featuring electric bassist Felix Pastorius (son of Jaco and a Yellowjackets member) for a new album. , is the sixth album from Coffin and the Mu’tet. Gypsy,... »

  • Tal Wilkenfeld: Chelsea Hotel

    Tal Wilkenfeld: Chelsea Hotel

    We think – as do many readers here – that Tal Wilkenfeld is a killer bassist. Now she’s proving she can sing, too. Wilkenfeld recently launched her own YouTube channel with a solo version of the Leonard Cohen classic “Chelsea Hotel,” taken from a November 9th concert at the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles.... »

  • Nathan East Documentary to Debut in December

    Nathan East Documentary to Debut in December

    A new documentary about Nathan East may catapult him from being known primarily in bass circles for his years of superstar work and into the orbit of more casual mainstream music fans. “He’s just the baddest bass players that ever was,” says Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds in the doc, Nathan East: For the Record, which debuts... »

  • Bass Players to Know: Marshall Lytle

    Bass Players to Know: Marshall Lytle

    If you’ve been keeping tabs on the Bass Players to Know series, you may still be spinning the Brothers Johnson records and practicing your 70’s funk and disco chops. While Louis Johnson, Larry Graham, and many others have popularized what we’ve come to know as “slap bass,” the term was coined much earlier. Dating as... »

  • Franklin Peredo: La Fleur de Sipo

    Franklin Peredo: La Fleur de Sipo

    Franklin Peredo sent us this video of his solo bass song “La Fleur de Sipo,” and it really caught my attention. The song has a beautiful flow to it thanks in part to Peredo’s incredible right hand technique and rhythmic sensibility. »

  • Jeff Beck Releases “Live In Tokyo”, Featuring Rhonda Smith

    Jeff Beck Releases “Live In Tokyo”, Featuring Rhonda Smith

    So, with the Jeff Beck: Live in Tokyo , a viewer not only gets to see the guitarist in action, but also electric bassist Rhonda Smith. Smith, who previously worked with Prince, has released solo albums, and played in a band of her own as well an all-female rock/funk band with percussionist Sheila E., is... »

  • Breaking Down Harmonic Substitutions: Part 3 – Practice Material

    Breaking Down Harmonic Substitutions: Part 3 – Practice Material

    As a follow up to this series on harmonic substitutions, I thought that I would include a few choice pages from my book, The Improvisor’s Path, related directly to what we’ve been discussing. First, here are the pages that relate to my breakdown of some available scaler substitutions. Next is the Wayne Shorter tune, “Nefertiti”... »